Great Audiobooks for International Women’s Day

On March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world. It is a day to acknowledge and appreciate the economic, political, and social achievements of women. This year the theme of International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange.

From scientists to journalists, explorers to rulers, the women in these audiobooks show us how being bold can shape history. Listen, and be inspired to make changes of your own.

 

Wonder Women
Author: Sam Maggs
Read By: Jodelle Ferland

Sam Maggs tells the stories of forgotten but brilliant, brainy, totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors.
Listen to an excerpt WONDER WOMEN

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The Woman Who Would Be King
Author: Kara Cooney
Read By: Kara Cooney

This absorbing biography of Hatshepsut, the longest-reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt, traces her audacious rise to power.
Listen to an excerpt THE WOMAN WHO WOULD BE KING

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Eighty Days

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland were two pioneering female journalists who raced to break the record for the fastest trip around the world in 1889. Eighty Days brings these trailblazing women to life as they race against time and each other, unaided and alone, ever aware that the slightest delay could mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Listen to an excerpt EIGHTY DAYS

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Empress Dowager Cixi
Author: Jung Chang
Read By: Jolene Kim

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. Packed with drama, fast-paced, and gripping, this biography is both a panoramic depiction of the birth of modern China and an intimate portrait of a woman who was concubine to a monarch and absolute ruler of a third of the world’s population.
Listen to an excerpt EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI

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A Woman in Arabia

Mountaineer, archaeologist, Arabist, writer, poet, linguist, and spy Gertrude Bell dedicated her life to championing the Arab cause and was instrumental in drawing the borders of the modern Middle East.
Listen to an excerpt A WOMAN IN ARABIA

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Isabella

An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus’s journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.
Listen to an excerpt ISABELLA

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Headstrong

Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles of fifty-two women span centuries of courageous thinking.
Listen to an excerpt HEADSTRONG

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